Episode #111 – This Bit Is Terrible

We know what you came here for, hot pop-culture news. And we got it for you.

  • Danny Boyle confirmed for Bond 25
  • Ridley Scott in talks to direct Queen & Country
  • Fantastic Beasts 2 trailer
  • Red Notice will release 6/12/20
  • Will & Grace picked up through 3rd season
  • Limitless cast in Murphy Brown revival
  • Magnum has his Rick in the Magnum PI revival
  • Curran Walters might be playing Jason Todd on TITANS
  • Annabella Sciorra is the big bad in Luke Cage, season 2
  • Star Wars Ep 9 starts shooting in July
  • Ava DuVernay will direct the New Gods movie for DC/WB.
  • Avengers: Infinity War trailer 2
  • No Capt. Marvel in Infinity War and maybe no Hawkeye, too???
  • Both will be in Avengers 4

All that, a HUGE Weekly Watched, and the rest of the usual tangents!

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Weekend Watch – 03/16/18

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

Movies

Wide Release

Tomb Raider

Loren: I had hope for this one but after that first trailer that I broke down here, my hope started dwindling. I think video game movies are a lot tougher to make than studios give credit for. There should be dozens of hours of story content in a good video game and it’s really hard to boil that down to 120 minutes. Too bad.

RDT: Reviews are pretty middling and none of the trailers have been impressive, but I have an Arclight credit burning a hole in my pocket. So, I may just check it out anyway. Or maybe I’ll see Love, Simon instead.

The Lady™: I’m stoked that we’re getting a female led, big budget action movie…I just wish I cared to see it.

Jen: The Lady speaks the truth. I especially love that they’ve toned down her sexiness a smidge so it’s about enjoying her exploits and not exploiting her body. However, I have no interest in seeing this movie.


Love, Simon

Loren: That looks like a nice version of your typical love story. I did really enjoy the coming out as straight part at the end.

RDT: A very 2018 coming of age story. I can get behind that. Maybe not in the theaters (or, maybe so in the theaters, see aforementioned credit), but definitely streaming.

The Lady™: This looks lovely! The world needs a feel good story right now. Bonus points for casting Katherine Langford as the BFF. Consider me sold.

Jen: I wish the whole trailer had been the ending – it really sold me on the premise in a way the rest of it didn’t. It feels a little too huggy-lovey and sweet for my taste, but if that gets a good coming out story to play in Peoria then I’m for it.


7 Days in Entebbe

Loren: Daniel Brühl always seems to play a conflicted bad guy, maybe it’s because he’s so good at it.

RDT: Interesting trailer, but it’s currently at 17% on Rotten Tomatoes. So, I will likely pass.

The Lady™: As much as I love a good 70s spy-esque movie, nothing about the trailer is really grabbing me. I’ll likely be skipping this one.

Jen: I’ve seen this story before in documentaries and as a feature. While the raid on Entebbe was an amazing feat, I don’t think this is bringing anything new to the table. Continue reading

Episode #109 – First Loser

The guys are back again to fill you in on all your pop-culture news from the week that was. We don’t want to lie to you guys, this is a pretty good one! We’ve got news like:

  • Wreck-It Ralph 2 teaser
  • Super Troopers 2 poster
  • Rick Famuyiwa has signed on to write and direct a film adaptation of “Black Hole”
  • Chris Hemsworth is in talks to lead the new Men in Black
  • A 9 to 5 sequel is in development
  • The Crow reboot has a release date
  • Logan’s Run remake gets a director who says he’s also writing a Star Wars movie?
  • The Six Billion Dollar Man is set for 2019 summer release
  • Jessica Alba cast in Bad Boys spinoff TV Series
  • Lady Higgins cast for Magnum reboot
  • The Magicians picked up for Season 4
  • Netflix orders weekly talk show from Hisan Minaj
  • Netflix also picks up “a new kind of vigilante superhero” flick, Past Midnight. Keanu Reeves in talks
  • Anna Kendrick Santa Claus Movie Noelle to Debut on Disney Streaming Service
  • The penultimate episode Star Wars Rebels introduces a bit of time travel; predictably, nerds lose their shit
  • Kristen Wiig being eyed for villainous role in Wonder Woman 2
  • Marvel decides to release Infinity War a week early. Has fun Twitter exchange to reveal it
  • James Gunn reveals Baby Groot is actually Groot’s son.

All that, the Weekly Watched, and one of the most tangential tangents we’ve ever had!

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Weekend Watch – 03/02/2018

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

 

Movies

Wide Release

Red Sparrow

Loren: You think she’ll be able to keep that accent up the whole time? This looks fine. Hopefully it’ll do well so we keep getting female driven action movies though.

RDT: If this leads to a Black Widow movie (and more kickass lady action stars), I’m all for it.

The Lady™: I’m going to pretend this is the Black Widow origin movie. I’m also going to pretend that J. Law and I are best friends. We both love wine, and movies, and sparkly dresses, and i could braid her hair, and she’ll take me to parties….

Jen: What Loren said.


 

Death Wish

Loren: *Sigh* ButWhy.gif This trailer tries to be more serious than the first but still this just isn’t what Death Wish is about. Sorry Bruce.

RDT:  

The Lady™: Vigilante: Senior Edition! No offence to Bruce, but isn’t he a little too old for this shit?

Jen: I hate just linking to an article, but: https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-used-death-wish-to-argue-for-more-guns-in-the-wake-of-a-school-shooting

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Episode #107 – The Crossover Episode

This week the guys are out of town so our own Coy and Vance (HPN Staffers Jen and Rick) step in for a show all their own. They still have you covered on all the pop culture and a very special surprise at the end.  They’ve got stories like:

  • Black Panther opens w/ $25.2 million in Thursday previews, nearly doubling Deadpool’s previous February record then made addt’l $50 million on Friday. On track to top $200 million for the holiday weekend
  • Also, people are fucking awful – Faking assaults at Black Panther screenings
  • Chris Columbus to write & direct Five Nights at Freddy’s
  • WGA announces winners
  • Peter Rabbit facing boycott over character basically being a dick
  • Horror short “Larry” acquired by Amblin
  • Rachel Weisz speaks out against a female James Bond
  • LeBron James is producing a ‘House Party’ reboot
  • Chad Stalhelski to direct ‘Sandman Slim’ adaptation
  • Rita Ora joins the ‘Detective Pikachu’ movie
  • Jim Rash and Nat Faxon to direct ‘Batso and the Wall’
  • ‘Den of Thieves’ is getting a sequel for some reason
  • Jason Statham D.J. Caruso in talks for ‘Killer’s Game’
  • Pierce Brosnan facing jail time for commercial he starred in
  • ‘Sicario 2’ director in talks for ‘Call of Duty’ film
  • Director of ‘Wonder’ wants to make a movie about Dr. Seuss
  • Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ moves up release date after test screening
  • Jamie Lee Curtis has wrapped filming on new ‘Halloween’ movie
  • Transformers universe getting a much needed reboot
  • More Casting news than you can shake a stick at
  • CBS All Access renews ‘No Activity’ for second season
  • New Roseanne trailer addresses huge plot hole from final season
  • BET greenlights pilot from Lena Waithe
  • Michelle Wolf gets talk show on Netflix
  • Scorsese’s new film could be Netflix’s most expensive ever
  • Ryan Murphy is in bed with Netflix
  • Kimmy Schmidt is back (partly) in May
  • Ava DuVernay, Netflix, partner w/ city of LA for inclusion incentive
  • John Cleese has a new sitcom on the BBC
  • YouTube TV expanding channels and coverage (and pricing)
  • ‘Cobra Kai’ teaser released
  • ‘Stargate: Origins’ debuts on ‘Stargate Command’ service
  • Jeffrey Tambor won’t return to ‘Transparent’
  • Apple developing series based on Kevin Durant’s life
  • Carpool Karaoke getting a second season
  • Paramount has restored ‘Grease’ for its 40th anniversary
  • Disney raising ticket prices. Again. But Disneyland is also getting a brewery, so it’s a push?
  • George RR Martin releasing book in Ice & Fire series this year, but not the one anyone actually wants
  • John Favreau is voicing a character in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
  • Fox adds Brian Michael Bendis and Tim Miller to ‘Kitty Pride’ solo movie
  • Lindsey Beer & Geneva Robertson-Dworet to write ‘Silver and Black’

All that, their Weekly Watched, the usual tangents, and don’t forget about that special surprise!

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Let’s (Finally) Talk About The First ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer!

So it finally happened. After a much beleaguered production and a fast approaching release date, we got our first look at the latest Star Wars one off movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story; Telling an early adventure of Han Solo. First and foremost I want to say that it looks good. As in I think the production value is not something we’re going to have to worry about. I am a tad concerned with Alden Ehrenreich‘s portrayal of our titular protagonist. I really hope that A) the rumors of his acting being lacking are not true and B) that he’s not just doing a (bad) Harrison Ford impression.

I’ve long said that this is not necessarily a movie I want or the public even needs, but if they are going to make it, I just want it to be good. There has been a lot of controversy around this movie as the original directors (Lord and Miller) were fired after the majority of shooting had been completed. Disney/Lucasfilm then brought in Ron Howard to right the ship. However, he had to reshoot an enormous portion of the movie. Leaving people worried that this will feel like some cobbled together mess much like Justice League (and parts of Rogue One, if I’m being honest). I’m holding out hope though.

I’m one of the people that has bought in to Disney’s vision of Star Wars, putting the new movies (Episodes 7 and 8 plus Rogue One) right behind the originals in my own rankings. And what might also be interesting is this could be the first full fledged Star Wars movie that does not have a single Skywalker anywhere to be seen. Although saying that means I’ve cursed myself and there’s going to be some sort of Darth Vader cameo, or a pre-teen Luke in the background. But enough about all that. Let’s (Finally) Talk About The First Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer!: Continue reading

Episode #105 – He’s Out There Smoking Again

The guys are back to business for Episode #105. They’ve got you covered on the week’s pop-culture news. They’re talking stories like:

  • Bad Boys 3 aka Bad Boys for Life gets new directors
  • Super Mario Bros. animated movie in development by Illumination
  • F. Gary Gray in talks to direct MiB spinoff
  • Skyscraper poster
  • Richard Donner doubts Lethal Weapon 5 will happen, wants it called “Lethal Finale”
  • Ernie Hudson cast in Bad Boys spinoff with Gabrielle Union
  • LA Confidential and Gone Baby Gone reboot picked up to pilot
  • Black Lightning show runner would like to have Static on the show
  • Suits picked up for season 8, without Mike or Rachel. Adds Dule Hill and Katherine Heigl?
  • JJ Abrams new show gets a title, Demimonde, and home, HBO
  • Westworld season 2 trailer to drop during the Superb Owl
  • Metropolis prequel series picked up for DC digital service
  • Hardwick moves his podcast away from Legendary owned Nerdist. Rebrands as ID10T.
  • Red Dead 2 pushed to October
  • Solo trailer will debut on Good Morning America Monday
  • Ra’s Al Ghul coming to Titans?
  • Gambit reportedly pulled from the Fox schedule
  • Feige says we’re at least 2 years away from potentially seeing Fox/Marvel properties in the MCU
  • Ant-Man & the Wasp trailer 
  • White dudes (not us) are mad that Black Panther is good

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10 Trailers/TV Spots You Probably Didn’t Miss During Superb Owl LII

Here’s a collection of most of the Trailers and TV Spots from the Big Game last night. Expect a full Solo Breakdown in the next few days.

Solo: A Star Wars Story


The Avengers: Infinity War


Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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Episode #104 – Two Year Anniversary or The Third Brother Pt. 2

It’s part two of our two year anniversary episode. Ryan, Loren, and Rick are back to fill you in on what’s going on in the f*cked universe and the MCU.

  • Scientific evidence that audiences don’t connect with DC movies
  • Thor: Ragnarok leaked a month early via Movies Anywhere
  • New Mutants is going to be hardest PG-13 ever (are we still doing phrasing?)
  • Joanne Whalley joins Daredevil Season 3
  • Brie Larson in costume as Captain Marvel
  • Also Loren and Rick watched a ton of stuff. Ryan watched some things too!

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Episode #104 – Two Year Anniversary or The Third Brother Pt. 1

It’s our 104th episode which marks our two year anniversary! To celebrate this momentous occasion we got (almost) the whole HPN staff together for a big one. So big it’s broken up into two parts. In this, the first part, Loren, RDT, Rick, and (for the movie section) Jen, talk Movies and TV. Topics include:

  • Black Dynamite 2?
  • Oscar nominees announced
  • Casey Affleck withdraws from presenting best actress Oscar
  • John Cena might be Duke Nukem
  • Sony moving all the release dates
  • Peter Jackson making WWI documentary for BBC
  • Ryan Reynolds to star in Clue remake
  • Emily V. Gordon to adapt novel The Nest for Amazon Studios
  • Cat in the Hat animated movie coming from WB
  • Dundee movie not a movie but has added Hugh Jackman
  • Juman3 potentially fast-tracked for Christmas 2019
  • Latest Mission: Impossible title revealed
  • Rumored Superb Owl trailers
  • Bill & Ted 3 title/plot details
  • Movie Pass is apparently a distribution company now, also not covering all AMC locations anymore
  • Mike Flannigan to direct adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep
  • Greatest American Hero reboot picked up to pilot
  • Greg Berlanti drama pilot God Friended Me ordered by CBS
  • Murphy Brown returning to CBS
  • Magnum PI and Cagney & Lacey reboots picked up to pilot
  • CBS and Viacom merger?
  • Katrina Law returning to Arrow
  • Charmed reboot and supernatural cop pilots ordered by CW
  • FX orders What We Do In The Shadows series
  • Meryl Streep joins Big Little Lies season 2
  • Helen Mirren to play Catherine the Great for HBO
  • Michael Shannon joins AMC’s The Little Drummer Girl
  • Netflix interested in Cloverfield sequel
  • TV Writers create an anonymous spreadsheet to compare salaries, look for parity in pay
  • Apple orders series from Damien Chazelle
  • Like we said, it’s a big one. You get all that and plus the usual tangents.

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